Today’s Daily Update

House

Yesterday:

  • The House was not in session.

Today:

  • The House sits in recess until Tuesday, November 12th.

 

Senate

Yesterday:

  • The Senate passed the following measures:
    • Water Resources Development Act: Senate passed H.R. 3080, to provide for improvements to the rivers and harbors of the United States, to provide for the conservation and development of water and related resources, after striking all after the enacting clause and inserting in lieu thereof, Reid (for Boxer) Amendment No. 2009, the text of S. 601, Senate companion measure, after taking action on the following amendment proposed thereto:
      • Adopted: Reid (for Boxer) Amendment No. 2009, in the nature of a substitute.
    • School Access to Emergency Epinephrine Act: Senate passed H.R. 2094, to amend the Public Health Service Act to increase the preference given, in awarding certain asthma-related grants, to certain States (those allowing trained school personnel to administer epinephrine and meeting other related requirements).
  • The Senate considered the following measures:
    • Employment Non-Discrimination Act–Cloture : Senate began consideration of the motion to proceed to consideration of S. 815, to prohibit the employment discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity.
      • A motion was entered to close further debate on the motion to proceed to consideration of the bill and a vote on cloture will occur following disposition of the nomination of Debra M. Brown, of Mississippi, to be United States District Judge for the Northern District of Mississippi, at approximately 5:30 p.m. on Monday, November 4, 2013.
    • Swearing in of Senator Booker: The Chair laid before the Senate the certificate of election of Senator-elect Cory Booker, of the State of New Jersey, and the oath of office was then administered as required by the U.S. Constitution and prescribed by law.
    • Watt Nomination: Senate resumed consideration of the nomination of Melvin L. Watt, of North Carolina, to be Director of the Federal Housing Finance Agency.
      • By 56 yeas to 42 nays (Vote No. 226), three-fifths of those Senators duly chosen and sworn, not having voted in the affirmative, Senate rejected the motion to close further debate on the nomination.
      • Subsequently, Senator Reid entered a motion to reconsider the vote by which cloture was not invoked on the nomination.
    • Millett Nomination: Senate resumed consideration of the nomination of Patricia Ann Millett, of Virginia, to be United States Circuit Judge for the District of Columbia Circuit.
      • By 55 yeas to 38 nays, 3 responding present (Vote No. 227), three-fifths of those Senators duly chosen and sworn, not having voted in the affirmative, Senate rejected the motion to close further debate on the nomination.
      • Subsequently, Senator Reid entered a motion to reconsider the vote by which cloture was not invoked on the nomination.
    • Woods and Brown Nominations–Agreement: A unanimous-consent-time agreement was reached providing that at 5:00 p.m., on Monday, November 4, 2013, Senate begin consideration of the nominations of Gregory Howard Woods, of New York, to be United States District Judge for the Southern District of New York, and Debra M. Brown, of Mississippi, to be United States District Judge for the Northern District of Mississippi.
  • The Senate confirmed Marcel J. Lettre II, of Maryland, to be a Principal Deputy Under Secretary of Defense.

Today:

  • The Senate sits in recess until Monday, November 4th.

 


Hearings Covered by W&J Today

 

None

 

 

Notable Legislation Introduced Yesterday:

AGRICULTURE

S.1635 : A bill to amend the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 to extend the period during which supplemental nutrition assistance program benefits are temporarily increased.
Sponsor: Sen Casey, Robert P., Jr. [PA] (introduced 10/31/2013) Cosponsors (None)
Committees: Senate Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry
Latest Major Action: 10/31/2013 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry.

S.1630 : A bill to prohibit the conditioning of any permit, lease, or other use agreement on the transfer, relinquishment, or other impairment of any water right to the United States by the Secretaries of the Interior and Agriculture.
Sponsor: Sen Barrasso, John [WY] (introduced 10/31/2013) Cosponsors (6)
Committees: Senate Energy and Natural Resources
Latest Major Action: 10/31/2013 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on Energy and Natural Resources.

 

ENERGY

S.1627 : A bill to amend title VI of the Public Utility Regulatory Policies Act of 1978 to establish a Federal renewable electricity standard for retail electricity suppliers and a Federal energy efficiency resource standard for electricity and natural gas suppliers, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Sen Markey, Edward J. [MA] (introduced 10/31/2013) Cosponsors (None)
Committees: Senate Energy and Natural Resources
Latest Major Action: 10/31/2013 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on Energy and Natural Resources.

 

HEALTH

S.1629 : A bill to require the disclosure of determinations with respect to which Congressional staff will be required to obtain health insurance coverage through an Exchange.

Sponsor: Sen Vitter, David [LA] (introduced 10/31/2013) Cosponsors (None)
Committees: Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs
Latest Major Action: 10/31/2013 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs.